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NET Viewing Guide For Thursday, January 30, 2020

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NCAA Basketball: Maryland at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

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Note: Before the breakdown by Quadrant, you’ll find a lineup broken down by telecast window. Within each window, I’ve listed games by tip time with the quadrants on the left.

Reminders of the different groupings are in the table below.

NET Quadrants

A game falls under this quadrant For the home team when the visiting team ranks between For the visiting team when the home team ranks between
A game falls under this quadrant For the home team when the visiting team ranks between For the visiting team when the home team ranks between
1 1–30 1–75
2 31–75 76–135
3 76–160 136–240
4 161–353 241–353

All NET rankings are from the NCAA’s website and reflect games played against D1 opposition only through Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Records reflect all games played through the same date. All times are Eastern.

Chronological Schedule

Thursday, 01/30/2020

Tip Time (ET) Host/Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Host/Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
7 p.m. 4/1 349. Kennesaw State at 70. Liberty ESPN+ ($)
7:30 p.m. 2/1 44. Minnesota at 30. Illinois FS1
8:30 p.m. 1/1 20. Iowa at 14. Maryland BTN
8:30 p.m. 3/1 138. Pepperdine at 29. BYU CBSSN
9 p.m. 1/1 11. Arizona at 46. Washington ESPN2
9 p.m. 1/3 15. Oregon at 149. California Pac-12 Networks National, Oregon, & Bay Area
9:30 p.m. 2/1 72. Utah at 39. USC FS1
10 p.m. 4/1 258. Portland at 36. Saint Mary's Stadium
10:30 p.m. 1/2 3. Gonzaga at 99. Santa Clara CBSSN
11 p.m. 1/2 17. Colorado at 120. UCLA ESPN2
11 p.m. 3/1 91. Oregon State at 16. Stanford Pac-12 Networks National, Oregon, & Bay Area

Quad 1 For Both Teams (1/1: 2 Games)

Top 30 at Top 75

20. Iowa Hawkeyes (15-5, 6-3 Big Ten) at 14. Maryland Terrapins (16-4, 6-3), 8:30 p.m. (BTN)
11. Arizona Wildcats (13-6, 3-3 Pac-12) at 46. Washington Huskies (12-9, 2-6), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Iowa, victorious by a 67-49 score at Carver-Hawkeye back on January 10th, can complete a season sweep of Maryland by claiming its second straight Big Ten road game. Of course, there’s a big difference between winning at Northwestern and the Xfinity Center, where the Terps are, as you’d expect, perfect in 2019-20.

Of the five crucial Pac-12 games on tonight’s schedule, Arizona’s visit to Seattle might be the most important. The Wildcats have yet to win on the road this season, with two of those losses (including Saturday’s at Arizona State) coming by the absolute minimum margin. The Huskies, meanwhile, have faded toward irrelevance since Quade Green was declared academically ineligible. Washington has won just twice since the calendar flipped over to 2020, with a pair of overtime losses and another pair of single-digit defeats in that span.

Quad 2 For Host/Quad 1 For Visitor (2/1: 2 Games)

31–75 at Top 75

44. Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-9, 5-5 Big Ten) at 30. Illinois Fighting Illini (15-5, 7-2), 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
72. Utah Utes (12-7, 3-4 Pac-12) at 39. USC Trojans (16-4, 5-2), 9:30 p.m. (FS1)

Illinois would like to keep pace with the Michigan State team it trails by a half-game In the Big Ten standings, and the Fighting Illini will welcome Minnesota with a six-game win streak on the line. Surprisingly, the Golden Gophers won their last road game, one week ago at Ohio State, before being swept by Michigan State on Sunday afternoon.

Fresh off a home sweep of the Washington schools, Utah heads to the Galen Center aiming to record—and stop me if this sounds familiar—a first road win for the season. USC, which has won four of five since dropping a 32-point decision at Washington on January 5th, swept the Utes back in 2018, but saw Utah return the favor last season.

Quad 1 For Host/Quad 2 For Visitor (1/2: 2 Games)

Top 30 at 76–135

3. Gonzaga Bulldogs (21-1, 7-0 WCC) at 99. Santa Clara Broncos (17-5, 4-3), 10:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
17. Colorado Buffaloes (16-4, 5-2 Pac-12) at 120. UCLA Bruins (10-10, 3-4), 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

Just two weeks ago, Gonzaga recorded its 11th straight win in resounding fashion by nearly doubling up Santa Clara in Spokane, 104-54. The Zags have since won twice more, while Santa Clara sandwiched an OT home loss to Pepperdine between wins over Pacific and San Diego.

Like Utah, Colorado swept the Washington schools last week, and the Buffs head to Pauley looking to defeat the Bruins for a third straight season in their own arena. While UCLA earned a split in Oregon last weekend, Mick Cronin’s team (it’s still so weird to type that) looked disinterested in a 96-75 loss at Oregon on Sunday night.

Quad 3 For Host/Quad 1 For Visitor (3/1: 2 Games)

76–160 at Top 75

138. Pepperdine Waves (11-10, 4-3 WCC) at 29. BYU Cougars (15-7, 4-3), 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
91. Oregon State Beavers (12-8, 2-6 Pac-12) at 16. Stanford Cardinal (15-4, 4-2), 11 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Oregon, & Bay Area)

BYU’s at-large hopes took a hit on Saturday, when a furious Cougar rally came up short in a 83-82 road loss to the San Francisco Dons. Mark Pope’s squad is back home for two vital home games, tonight’s first meeting of the season with a Pepperdine team that’s given both Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s trouble, followed by Saturday’s possible showdown for second against the Gaels.

Oregon State has now been swept over two consecutive Pac-12 game weeks. The Beavers also have a weird habit of only winning road games at altitude (Wyoming and Colorado). So, look for a Stanford squad that’s dropped two straight road games by six total points to get back on track, as Maples Pavilion isn’t a mile-plus above sea level.

Quad 1 For Host/Quad 3 For Visitor (1/3: 1 Games)

Top 30 at 136–240

15. Oregon Ducks (17-4, 6-2 Pac-12) at 149. California Golden Bears (9-10, 3-3), 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Oregon, & Bay Area)

Oregon should be able to record a second consecutive non-overtime win (note that the Ducks have won three straight), but emphasis is on the “should.” That’s because Mark Fox’s Cal squad has yet to lose a Pac-12 home game.

Quad 4 For Host/Quad 1 For Visitor (4/1: 2 Games)

161–353 at Top 75

349. Kennesaw State Owls (1-19, 0-7 ASUN) at 70. Liberty Flames (19-3, 5-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
258. Portland Pilots (9-13, 1-6 WCC) at 36. Saint Mary’s Gaels (18-4, 5-2), 10 p.m. (Stadium)

Liberty’s at-large chances went up in smoke last week. Now the Flames are left needing to return to their winning ways simply to keep up their chances of having home court advantage throughout the ASUN Tournament. That shouldn’t be a problem against the fifth-worst team in the NET.

Saint Mary’s, meanwhile, can’t get caught napping against a Portland squad that’s dropped five in a row with Saturday’s matchup in Provo looming.

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